Every year, transport refrigeration manufacturer Thermo King measures the performance of its dealers around the world in all aspects of its business, concentrating on both sales and after sales disciplines under the banner of its prestigious and much coveted Platinum Award programme. Over the past 12 months, Marshall Fleet Solutions has achieved the highest possible level of TK Platinum status in both sales and after sales categories, and now receives this Double Platinum award recognition from Thermo King for the […]

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According to FSDF member RTITB, the UK’s largest Driver CPC Consortium, many lorry drivers in the food and drink retail and logistics sectors are missing out on appropriate, relevant Driver CPC Periodic training.   “As an employer, delivering generic Driver CPC modules from a training provider might tick a compliance box, but it falls short in terms of addressing the particular needs of the food and drink industry,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, which has just launched a […]

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If you missed the TechTalk “Sustainable Transport Refrigeration” given by Christina Francis a webinar recording is available. As the global demand for refrigerated products increase, it has become progressively challenging to develop sustainable refrigerated road transport systems. Manufacturers and fleet operators have to balance the competing interests of maintaining temperature control while reducing the energy consumption and overall environmental impact of these systems. The presentation explores how through the analysis of existing maintenance and leakage records, mathematical modelling and experimental […]

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FSDF member Chiltern Cold Storage Group’s day-to-day challenges include working under extreme low temperatures: The warehouses of the British specialist for temperature-controlled logistics services have temperatures between -22 and -24 degrees Celsius. The demands placed on the industrial trucks used are correspondingly high: despite the cold, the fleet must be reliable and always available for the daily handling of around 1,200 pallets. To achieve this, the logistics company relies on its long-standing partner UniCarriers. The internationally active manufacturer of industrial […]

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Chris Druce, who began his career as an apprentice at FSDF member Star Refrigeration, was presented with the prestigious award on 21st February 2019. The Kenneth Lightfoot Medal, an annual prize awarded by the Institute of Refrigeration for the best research paper of the past twelve months, has been given to Star’s Oxford branch Service Manager Chris Druce. His paper entitled ‘The Impact of Refrigerant Charge on the Capacity and Efficiency of a System Containing Low GWP Refrigerants’ impressed the […]

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Apprentices from FSDF member Samworth Brothers businesses in Leicestershire came together this week for a National Apprenticeship Week celebration.  Samworth Brothers currently has more than 110 individuals involved in Group wide apprenticeship programmes, as well as many other apprentices in business specific apprentice programmes across the Group’s sites in Leicestershire. The event took place at Bradgate Bakery in Beaumont Leys and was attended by the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby. More than 20 Samworth Brothers apprentices with their sponsoring managers […]

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FSDF member Buffaload Logistics has secured planning permission for a new 80,000 sq ft warehouse based in Ellington The company says that it is also investing in new trailers and infrastructure in 2019. Buffaload’s turnover exploded from £19m in 2016 to £32.2m in 2017. It maintained that turnover in 2018. The company says: “Buffaload branding was launched in 2013, but Buffaload’s history began in actuality in 1995 as a one-man operation with a temperature- controlled van! Every change at Buffaload […]

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Building on the success of its LGV Driver Apprenticeship Scheme, FSDF member Fowler Welch is extending the scheme to Warehouse Operator and Supply Chain Operator roles. The Driver Apprenticeship Scheme began in 2017 and has so far delivered 16 fully qualified new LGV drivers  permanently employed with the business, with  a further 13 drivers currently  gaining their qualification. Due to this success, it will return with a new cohort in April 2019, this time extending the training scheme to Warehouse […]

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Aldi (subscribers to the FSDF’s Climate Change Agreement) has opened a £50 million 60,000 sq m site distribution centre in Sheppey, Kent to serve nearly 60 stores and create 400 new jobs. “The new Sheppey distribution centre significantly increases our capacity and allows us to open more stores across the South East to cater for the growing number of shoppers switching to Aldi,” said Isle of Sheppey Regional Distribution Centre managing director Ben Shotter. “Although some of our newest and […]

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Since Fortdress and SMI joined FSDF as Associate Members, the two organisations have been reaping the benefits of our association and industry insight. We spoke with Carlos Prisgrove, Fortdress’ UK Sales Director, to find out more about the partnership and what they are gaining from their membership with us… What made SMI and Fortdress decide to partner together? Fortdress is Europe’s leading supplier of cold store clothing, operating across Europe, Ireland, USA, and New Zealand, supplying many of the world’s […]

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